Doug "Digs" McLaughlin

Doug was born November 21, 1971 and passed away November 9, 2017 after a long illness.

Tall and lean Eloquent, brilliant, harsh, opinionated, hugely compassionate, smart assed, flip, athletic, pensive. A man who loved people, hated people, bewildered by them yet had a deep understanding of them. Loved until it hurt, distanced himself, held grudges, forgave completely. Life was slowly sucked out of him, yet his mind was active, challenged to solve every puzzle, fight every wrong; beat the system, figure it out so it could be beaten, changed. Offended at a cellular level by stupidity, ignorance, hate, complacency. Competitive. Lover of music, words, and musical words. Always striving to find meaning, express meaning, make meaning. Shadowed by self doubt, on top of the world with confidence. Analyzed himself, sports stats, others, nature, the world and all its horrible, fascinating, beauteous glory. Candid, cut you to the bone blunt, hilarious.

The man could dance. He was a writer, a poet. His words had meaning and depth. He could explain the simplest things in profound ways, the most elusive things with the simplest words. His heart was at times trapped in his head, other times on his sleeve.

He was predeceased by his Dad, Jim McLaughlin and his cousin and comrade in arms Andy “LoeffeyLoeffler. He is survived by his great loves Ashley Marshall and little Ruby Moon; mother Jan McLaughlin; sisters Alyson and Jessie McLaughlin; nephew Elijah “Blake” Knox; nieces Lily and Ivy and many aunts, cousins and fabulous friends.

Services to be held at the UU Church at 524 Allen Ave Portland on Saturday November 18th 4:30-8 pm In lieu of flowers, just send love, love, love.

 

Daniel M. Young Jr.

Cumberland, ME - Daniel M. Young Jr., 51, passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017, surrounded by loving friends and family in the home of his sister in Cumberland after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

 

He was born on November 6, 1966 in Glens Falls, NY to his father, Daniel M. Young Sr., and his late mother, Janice E. (Mains) Young.

 

The Young family moved to Maine in 1979 and Dan’s artistic abilities were already shining through in the many sketches and paintings he created throughout his youth. He expressed his talent through his lifelong career as a tattoo artist, a profession he was very passionate about. He owned two tattoo shops in Gray, ME and touched many lives through his work. His legacy will live on through all that were tattooed by “Handsome Dan”.

 

Dan’s mother had a favorite saying, “deep breaths and baby steps,” which Dan often repeated and seemed to live his life by. He will be remembered by his large circle of friends as sensitive, loving, a true friend until the end, and one who would say or do absolutely anything to make you laugh…someone you just loved to spend time with.

 

Dan was a proud father to his sons, Dayne A. Young and Hunter W. Young, and to his daughter, Kara D. Young. He leaves behind his sister Catherine F. Young and his brother, David I. Young; his nephew, Kevin A. Tar, his niece Fauna E. Spalding; and his cousin, Josh Mains, with whom he had a special bond.

 

The family would like to extend their appreciation to all those who surrounded Dan with love in his final journey, including Tina Zerbst, Angela Vogeler and Mark Vogeler, and a very special thank you to Heidi Whittier and John Whittier for assuring that he was comfortable and at peace.

 

A celebration of Dan’s extraordinary life will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from noon – 4 p.m. at Chaps Saloon, 1301 Longs Plains Road, Buxton, ME. Attendees are encouraged to share what are bound to be many colorful stories of time spent with Dan.

Loring E. "Butch" Braley

Auburn, ME - Loring Erwin “Butch” Braley, age 76, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Lewiston. 

He was born June 26, 1941 in Auburn ME to Erwin and Julia (Fuller) Braley.  He was a 1959 graduate of Edward Little High School.  Butch as he was affectionately called married his first wife, Ann (Nelson) in 1962. With Ann, he had two children, Tracy and Troy.  In 1976, he married his second wife Diane (Tozier) and had a third child, Kristine. 

He worked as an auto body mechanic for most of his life; working at Colman’s Collision Center, in Auburn, Larry Stewart’s Auto Sales in Lisbon and most recently Viking Motors of Oxford.   

Butch loved animals, always with a dog by his side for companionship.  He also loved to work on cars including a 1976 Chevy truck that he was always working on in his garage.   

Loring is survived by his second wife Diane of Auburn; a brother Maynard of New Gloucester; Sons Tracy and Susan Braley of Cocoa, FL, Troy and April Braley of Clermont FL; Daughter: Kristine and Michael Stone of Hermon ME.  He also leaves his grandchildren, Sara Braley and fiancé Rob Williams of Merritt Island FL, Mackenzie, Jacob, and Matthew Stone of Hermon ME.   Besides his parents, was predeceased by his first wife Ann.   

The family would like to extend a special thank you Willy and Raedelle Knight for all they did for Butch from cooking meals to being a true friend and everything in between.  It is with their help that Butch was able to stay in his home longer which is what he wanted. 

James J. "Jimmy" Harkins

 

Lewiston, ME – James J. “Jimmy” Harkins, 73, died unexpectedly on Friday, November 10, 2017 at his home in Lewiston. 

 

He was born on February 4, 1944 a son of the late Anita (Pelletier) Plourde.  He grew up in Lewiston and attended local area schools. 

 

Jimmy worked for several years at the United Baptist Church in Lewiston, staying until the closed in 2011. 

 

He enjoyed spending time with friends at local places such as The Cage and The Carlton Club.  He also could be found spending time playing cards. 

 

He is survived by his two daughters Angela M. Richards and her husband Chad of Lewiston and Katy Doughty of Lewiston, ME.  He also leaves three grandchildren Kerry, Nichole and Jacob and two grand granddaughters Ava and Arianna. 

 

At Jimmy’s request there will be no services.

 

Bryan P. Ward

Lovell, ME - Bryan P. Ward passed away at his home in Lovell on November 2, 2017 with his loving family by his side.   

Bryan was born on September 22, 1966 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Brunswick, ME to Phil and Margie Ward.  He graduated from Fryeburg Academy in 1985 and went to work for the U.S. Postal Service which became his second family.  He served as a Union Steward for several years.  He had a passion for his co-workers and their rights.  He loved to ride his Harley Fat Boy, and he loved to play golf and was a member at the Lake Kezar Country Club in Lovell.  

He is survived by his Mom & Dad, Phil & Margie Ward of Lovell, ME; his son, Justin Ward of Bridgton, ME, and his brother and wife, GP and Debbie Ward of Melbourne, FL.  One nephew, Philip Ward of Orlando, FL, one niece, Nicole Ward of Orlando, FL and several cousins in Maine and Oklahoma. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on November 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Fryeburg Community Chapel, 1225 West Fryeburg Road (at the intersection of Route 113 & Fish Street), Fryeburg, ME.  Following the service, a luncheon will be served at the VFW Hall in Lovell, ME. 

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Bryan's memory may be made to:

Jen's Friends

P.O. Box 1842

North Conway, NH  03860.

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